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Sega - Bulgaria | 27/02/2012

Borisov obstructs fight against crime

Todor Kolarov, head of Bulgaria's criminal asset recovery commission, announced his resignation after less than a year in office on Friday, saying he had not received the necessary political backing for his task. The daily Sega fears the reaction in Brussels: "If the prime minister, the president and the MPs of the ruling party [Gerb] believe that Kolarov's resignation will go unnoticed they have another thing coming. This will have a sequel as soon as the EU progress report on justice and internal order is published in July. Then, if not beforehand, the government which is currently burying its head in the sand will have to reckon with a hard wrap on the knuckles. … The prime minister and Gerb have failed miserably with the recovery of illegal assets. They came to power with the big basket full of promises, but since [2009] they haven't delivered. … No wonder international support is dwindling. After all, there's not a single corrupt minister, MP or any other politician on the list of the expropriated."

Blog A Europa desalinhada - Portugal | 18/10/2011

Crisis exacerbates trafficking in women

Social insecurity and poverty cause many women to fall prey to dubious promises of jobs or training in rich countries, where they are often forced into prostitution. Many campaigns against human trafficking have had no results worth mentioning, Petar Petrov writes in the blog A Europa desalinhada, and calls on the EU to do more: "The EU Parliament recently admitted that the Union's measures for fighting human trafficking are ineffectual. ... This area of the parallel economy has actually grown exponentially in recent years. Above all it is women who are affected, representing 80 percent of the 800,000 victims of human trafficking per year. The EU states have repeatedly been called on to shoulder more responsibility by offering victims financial help to return home or granting administrative protection when they want to remain in the EU. The women should also be told that it is in their interest to testify against their abductors. But then they must also be protected from reprisals."

Sega - Bulgaria | 31/07/2009

Lustration in Bulgaria inconsistent

The new parliament in Bulgaria has begun its work by adopting a new regulation with a so-called lustration clause governing the appointment of members to parliamentary committees. The daily Sega complains that this clause is inconsistent: "It is scarcely a month since the new parliament was constituted and already it is getting ... entangled. Having voted not to allow any representatives of the former communist secret services to head committees, the assembly has taken the surprising decision to refuse to screen members of the committees controlling and supervising the work of the Interior Ministry and the secret services to find out whether they worked for the former state security service. ... And this despite the fact that Bulgaria for many years suffered precisely because of the links between the public administration, the secret services and the Interior Ministry."

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